Cartier, a 16th century explorer, and his crew drank the tea that contained pine bark extract to restore vitality
Only 1kg of Pycnogenol® is extracted from 1000kg of French maritime pine trees. In the Western countries, it is a promising ingredient deemed valuable for the maintenance of health, and thus consumed by many. Research has been carried out for over 40 years by Horphag Research, a Swiss company that is also the supplier of Pycnogenol® as a raw material. Powderised using a proprietary extraction process, it contains over 40 types of flavonoids including procynanidin, catechin and phenolic acids. As the story goes, in 16th century, a French expedition team was stricken by illness while in Canada, and the crew members regained their energy after drinking the natives' tea of roasted pine bark.